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Canadian Provinces

Since the good topics in the international geography ran out, I stepped down from the global to the regional level. My new app is about Canadian Provinces and Terrritories. There are just 10 provinces and 3 territories in Canada, not many to create a big quiz with a great number of questions. And yes, I’m well aware that apps like this may be popular in just one country. But Canada itself is quite a large audience, and even if this app is not successful, it was easy for me to prepare and I learned a lot of new info myself.

The English description of the game is the following:

This app tests your knowledge and helps you learn the names, the maps, the capitals, and the flags of all 10 Canadian provinces and 3 territories.

Can you find the British Columbia on the map of Canada? You will be able to after downloading this app!

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Acknowledgements:
icons for buttons were downloaded from iconmonstr or were created with Font Awesome.

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50 US States v. 1.2

The second update for 50 US States adds a lot of new content – two new modes.
1. State flags
2. Challenge – a multiple-choice quiz on maps, capitals and flags of all 50 states.

Among smaller additions: Dutch localization and a link to the US Presidents app.

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African Countries

A new addition to my geography collection is the app about African Countries. Do you know that there are 54 independent states in Africa? This quiz is hard comparing with European Countries, for example. I consider myself good in geography but I don’t know a half of African capitals and flags.

The English description of the game is the following:

Learn all 54 independent African countries, including South Sudan:
* All flags
* All capitals
* All maps
* African Challenge
* Time Game

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The lion’s head for the app icon was taken from the coat of arms of Burundi.
After it was approved, the app had the status “Processing for App Store” for 1.5 days. Usually, it takes no longer than 30 min. I don’t have good explanation why it was so delayed this time.

Acknowledgements:
icons for buttons were downloaded from iconmonstr or were created with Font Awesome.

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Asian Countries

The fourth geographic app is Asian Countries. Africa will be next in about a week.

The English description of the game is the following:

The lands of dragons, elephants, and camels – 49 Asian countries:
* All flags
* All capitals
* All maps

Become a Master of Geography!

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Acknowledgements:
icons for buttons were downloaded from iconmonstr or were created with Font Awesome.

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European Countries – Update to v. 1.1

This time I added to European Countries those useful features that I have previously implemented in the update to 50 US States: 14 letters on the “keyboard” and scaling of the answer boxes to accommodate all those 14 letters.

Moreover, I added to European Countries a new mode called the “Time Game”. It is essentially the European Challenge mode with a timer. The goal is to give as many correct answers as possible during 1 minute. Each wrong answer cut the time by 5 sec. A similar mode was in my old app Greek Letters and Alphabet.

The second addition is the Dutch localization. Initially I thought to add it to Chemical Elements but European Countries suited better for attracting users from the Netherlands and Belgium.

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American and Caribbean Countries

A new app in my geography series is American and Caribbean Countries. It covers all 35 independent states in North, Central, and South Americas (there are many dependent territories ranging from tiny islands to French Guiana and Greenland – I didn’t include them).

The English description of the game is the following:

This is an excellent app for tourists planning a Caribbean vacation, for students taking a geography class, and for those people who want to remember where Central American countries are situated and stop confusing Paraguay with Uruguay.

All 35 independent countries in Americas:
* Flags
* Maps
* Capitals

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The game modes are the same as in European Countries: flags, maps, capitals, and “American Challenge” – a multiple-choice quiz on all above topics.

Acknowledgements:
icons for buttons were downloaded from iconmonstr or were created with Font Awesome.

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50 US States v. 1.1

50 US States was my the most successful app so far and has changed the focus of my app-making efforts from chemistry to geography. Now it gets the first update and there are three important improvements.

1. There is a new mode “Find the state on the US map”. It is somewhat similar to the previous mode with state borders outlines but it shows where exactly the state is situated on the US map. Most people will find this info quite important. For smaller states of the Northeast, I use the zoomed map. Still Rhode Island is a tiny red spot.

2. There are now 14 rather than 12 letters on the player’s “keyboard”. And the answer boxes are scaled down accordingly if the name is too long. So if the answer has 14 letters or less, you can spell it completely. If it has more than 14 letters, you can place first 14 and then there are additional letters printed with a large blue font. This is a very important improvement and now I wonder why I didn’t do it for my very first quiz of this type.

3. Despite high downloads and ad revenues for 50 States, nobody purchased an IAP “Remove Ads”. It is very surprising for me, because even in a very nerdy and unlocalized app about Heterocyclic Compounds, there was one ads-removing purchase. It seems that ads are fine for most of users. At the same time European Countries quiz has shown that people are willing to pay for an additional content. So in the new mode, I made only the first half of questions free. Then the player sees the “Buy screen” and is offered an opportunity to support the developer (i.e. me), get the rest of the questions and remove all ads: the banner and interstitials.

And as usual, there are tons of small fixes in design, localization and keywords. The new mode and main menu prompted me to change two of five app screenshots. This update is a huge step forward for this game and all my quizzes. Enjoy!

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European Countries

My second geographic app is about European Countries.

The English description of the game is the following:

If you know all European countries, you can test yourself.
If you don’t know flags and capitals of European countries, or where they are situated on the map of Europe, you’ll learn all this stuff with this simple and entertaining app.

* 50 European countries
* All flags
* All maps
* All capitals

From Finland to Portugal. From Reykjavík to Athens. The European journey begins.

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1. In contrast to 50 US States, where the question database was clear, the European politics is rather complicated. Besides dependent territories such as Faroe islands, there are several unrecognized states. OK, I exclude them all. But there is a map with country borders and I did my best to avoid offending anybody.

2. New features:
– Multiple-choice mode called “European Challenge” that combines all other questions and shows them in a random order. The player has three lives and after three mistakes the strike ends and best results are recorded (there is a separate Geme Center leaderboard for this mode)
– The flag mode is completely open. Two other modes have 30 free questions each and after these questions, the player is offered an option to unlock the rest of questions together with removing ads.

3. Acknowledgements:
icons for buttons were downloaded from iconmonstr or were created with Font Awesome.

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50 American States Map and Capital Cities of US Quiz

Besides chemistry, I used to like geography. And there are a plenty of good topics for geography quiz. I decided to start with US States Map and Capital Cities. There are a bunch of apps on this subject on the App Store, but my app is the best 🙂

Please check also a comprehensive review of the app and its functionality by Concordia University Online Nebraska: http://online.cune.edu/50-states-capitals-flags-app-review/

The English description of the game is the following:

All 50 states! All 50 capitals! From New England and the Great Lakes to the California coast and the Alaska wilderness!

* Northeast
* Midwest
* South
* West

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1. Initially, I was going to create an app about American cities. But it turned out to be very time consuming to find good (and available in public domain) pictures of several dozens of cities. I had visited (or lived in) some of them myself and I had my own photos (NYC, Pittsburgh, SLC, several others) but still… a lot of search. Meanwhile I created nice maps of all 50 states and decided to focus on state names first. I added capitals as the second mode

2. Features:
– My first geography quiz
– Photos as button icons; a US flag as a background
– I localized the app to 8 languages and I wonder if there is an interest for the US geography in other countries
– The setting button among the mode buttons in the main menu
– The only IAP removes ads

3. Acknowledgements:
icons for buttons were downloaded from iconmonstr or were created with Font Awesome.

My own photos of the Golden Gate Bridge in SF; the Utah Capitol in SLC; and a fire hydrant in Pittsburgh.

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